Astronomy Day – May 2, 2009

The RASC Observatory and the TELUS World of Science present International Astronomy Day.

May 2, 2009

by Luca Vanzella Edmonton Centre

The RASC Edmonton Centre and the TELUS World of Science celebrated International Astronomy Day on Saturday, May 2, 2009, at 11211-142 Street NW. Activities included:

1:00 PM to 11:00 PM

  • Solar Viewing in the afternoon (weather permitting)
  • Crescent Moon, Saturn and other deep sky objects in the evening (weather permitting)

RASC Information Booth
Lobby 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

  • Information on the RASC, Beginner Observing, Telescopes
  • Information on Light Pollution and Responsible Lighting

Children’s Activity Table
Lobby 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

  • Build Your Own Telescope
  • Telescope kit FREE to first 100 families (1 kit per family), thereafter $10/telescope
  • Free instruction from the RASC
  • Colour a planet or build a star clock

Edmonton Rocketry Club
Lobby 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

  • Information on the Edmonton Rocketry Club

Telescope Clinic
Beside the Observatory 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

  • Bring your telescope to get free help on using it from the RASC’s knowledgeable members

400 Telescopes Gathering
Observatory Lawn 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

  • The call for telescopes brought 158 telescopes to the gathering. A bit short of the goal, but a great time was had by all with wonderful weather conditions and great evening skies.


    Group photo taken at 9:00 PM.